Since Miquesha was a little girl, she has wanted to be in fashion and own a boutique one day. Along with her older sister, Miquesha joined the LightHouse program when she was in middle school and later joined the Teen Club. Two years ago, she attended a holiday party in South Highlands. There, she spoke about her LightHouse and Teen Club experiences.
At the party, Miquesha met Knox Goodman, owner of Knox Goodman’s Boutique, a retail clothing/accessory store that recently closed it’s doors after more than 30 years in Shreveport. She didn’t know it, but that meeting was the opportunity of a lifetime.“When I first met her, I thought I’d go for a couple of days to learn how they work,” said Miquesha. “But she actually assigned me days to come work and the staff took turns picking me up.”
Today, Miquesha recently graduated from Magnet High School and she is 1 of 7 graduates to receive a LightHouse scholarship. Although she is sad about Knox closing her business, Miquesha is forever grateful for her unexpected internship and work experience.“I learned to love what you do, be personal with your customers and treat people with respect. I look at Knox like a grandmother and a business partner now,” said Miquesha. “She has taught me to treat people with care, because that’s how she treated me.”
Miquesha plans to go to LSUS and transfer to ULL majoring in business and marketing. After college graduation, it is no surprise—she wants to design clothes and open her own boutique.